Walshe to coach England U20s at JWC 2013

(IRB.COM) Tuesday 9 April 2013
 Walshe to coach England U20s at JWC 2013
Nick Walshe says it is a "massive honour" to coach England Under 20s at JWC 2013 - Photo: Tania Richards

Nick Walshe will step up to the role of England Under 20 interim head coach for the IRB Junior World Championship 2013 in France, taking over from Rob Hunter who stepped down at the end of the Six Nations to join Premiership side Exeter Chiefs.

The former England scrum half will be assisted by National Academy coach Ian Peel for the sixth edition of the Junior World Championship, which will see England tackle hosts France, defending champions South Africa and Junior World Rugby Trophy 2012 winners USA in the pool stages.

England finished seventh in 2012 – their lowest ever position having never previously failed to reach the JWC semi-finals and been runners up three times – but successfully defended their Six Nations crown after beating Wales in the title decider in Colwyn Bay.

“It’s a massive honour to be in charge of the side for this summer’s competition,” said Walshe, who has been Hunter’s assistant for the two seasons. “We have a talented group of hungry young players who performed very well during the Six Nations and we’ll be looking to continue that form in France.

“We have a tough pool and the focus is very much on that first game.”

Peel added: “This is an exciting opportunity and a good chance to continue working with the best young players in the country. The Junior World Championship is a tough competition but we have a strong squad and I’m looking forward to getting out there.”